Dayton Public Schools central administration exists to support our schools, their students and families, staff and administration. Services include curriculum and instruction, student assignment, safety and security, facilities management, human resources and nutrition services. The district also provides transportation to students attending Dayton Public Schools, parochial schools and charter schools.

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent

Lori L. Ward

Superintendent Lori L. Ward

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Lori L. Ward works to provide the district’s 14,000 students with a high-quality education through a clear focus on four non-negotiable areas: kindergarten readiness, third-graders reading on grade level, closing the achievement gap, and high school graduates who are college and career ready.  She knows that attracting and retaining high-quality faculty and staff, engaging the community and remaining fiscally accountable also are vital to the strategy for transforming each DPS school into a school of choice for Dayton families. 


Superintendent Ward holds staff to the highest expectations, rallies families to be involved in their DPS schools, and leverages community support to supplement instruction. Under her leadership district operations have been streamlined and costs reduced while the level of services has increased.  Her accomplishments for DPS include:

  • Establishing zero-based budgeting process tied to district needs
  • Opening Rosa Parks Early Learn Center dedicated the district’s youngest learners
  • Strengthening parent engagement in Dayton Public Schools through creation of an Office of Family and Community Engagement
  • Negotiated an annual reduction of $200K in contract security services
  • Negotiated a multi-year stadium use agreement
  • Developed the district’s credit recovery program for high school students to help ensure on-time graduation
  • Increased the graduation rate  from 59.6% in FY10 to 72% in FY13
  • Oversaw completion of a $326 million new school construction program

The Dayton Board of Education named Ward to lead the district in March 2010 while serving as deputy to the superintendent under Superintendent Kurt T. Stanic; she began her tenure as superintendent in July 2010. Ward also has served DPS as chief of business operations, executive director for information and educational technology, educational technology specialist and a classroom teacher. Before joining DPS in 1995, she worked for IBM as an administrator, as well as an administrative manager, systems engineer and disaster recovery consultant.   

Ward received her master’s degree in computers in education from the University of Dayton.  She received her certificate in elementary education and her Bachelor of Science in business administration degree from Central State University.  

She and her husband, Luther, have a daughter, Leah, an alumnus of Dayton Public Schools and Ohio University.


2015-16 DPS Organization Chart (PDF)

Hiwot Abraha, Assistant Treasurer

Hiwot Abraha
Assistant Treasurer

Shelia Burton, Ph.D
Associate Superintendent,
Student Services

Jyllian Guerriero
Legal Counsel

Craig A. Jones
Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer

Craig A. Jones, Treasurer/ Chief Financial Officer

David Lawrence, Chief of School Innovation

David Lawrence
Chief of School Innovation

Lisa Lewis
Executive Director, 
Human Resources

Lisa Lewis, Executive Director, Human Resources


Jill Moberley
Public Information Officer


Colleen Wells
Administrative Assistant
to the Superintendent

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